A sheltered workshop operates much like other assembly and production shops, except that the employees in a sheltered workshop are adults with developmental disabilities who are unable to maintain regular employment in the community. Sheltered workshops provide a safe environment for these individuals to work, interact with their peers, and gain a sense of accomplishment.
The most common types of jobs they perform are assembly and packaging, poly bagging, janitorial, and warehousing tasks. Prior to being hired for employment in the workshop, individuals are assessed by a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to determine whether or not they are capable of working in a competitive environment.
The jobs we have available require a variety of skill levels and abilities and each person is evaluated on an individual basis. Workers are paid a wage based on their individual ability to produce. Most of our workshop employees currently work 8:30 to 3:00 Monday through Friday.
If you are the parent or guardian of an adult with developmental disabilities and are interested in obtaining employment for him/her, please contact us by clicking on the Contact Us link at the top of the page.
Here's what some of our employees and parents/guardians of employees have to say about working at VIP Industries:
"I'm just pleased that she's here and people understand what she's capable of and able to use her skills." --Judy Hanschen
"April has become a more responsible person and confident. She's very proud to work at VIP and tells everyone about her job." --Janet Fortenberry
"He looks forward to getting up every day and coming to work." --parent
"Working at VIP means everything. It gives us a feeling of satisfaction that she has a place to go." --Ruth Ansberry
"It's a good place to work, especially in these economic times when it's really hard to find work." --Jill, employee
"I like doing this job. It's kind of fun. I like it all." --Cindy, employee
"He just loves VIP and we are thankful." --Yvette West
"I like working here." --Michael, employee
"She has a day like everyone else now." --Janet Lakner
"I like working here. It's a great place to work." --Mary Jane, employee
"My favorite part about working at VIP is the atmosphere." --Wendy, employee
"I like working here. It gives me something to do." --Nancy, employee
"I would recommend to anyone who is in a position to put their son or daughter here to come early in life because they are going to bloom into creative individuals. Just to see how they can fly." --Linda Mahy
"Do we need the shelter? Yes, we do. We need to protect them." --John Sanders